I don't need a 12-Step Program, I'm not really a pie-aholic. I can prove it--I don't eat pie every day, I can stop at one piece and I don't pie-binge on payday.
But I'm glad I don't walk the 1600 block of South Congress in Austin every day. I might be too tempted. And you can't miss Cutie Pies pink food wagon.
Jaynie Buckingham, AKA the Pie Queen, serves gone-to-heaven-pie right there in the parking lot on the side of the road.
She makes and bakes her one-person-sized pies at home, starting sometimes at 2am, so she can bring smiles to South Congress Wednesdays to Sundays, from 11:00am-until sellout.
Not just any pies, either. Five kinds of sweet-flaky-thin-crusted nirvana, recipes handed down by her Mama, Betty Lou. Denny and I tasted four kinds the day we were there, all happy-making.
Some have won awards. Southern Living Magazine named Betty Lou's Buttermilk Pie the BEST PIE IN TEXAS. (I'm wondering how many pies the writers had to taste, and whether the magazine has any job openings.)
But the two that made me swoon were MJ's Texas Twister, with a decadent deep chocolate, buttermilk tangy, coconutty, rich toasted pecan-good filling worthy of capitalization. And Cherry-Blackberry, a waterfall of mouth-tingling ripeness balanced with sweet satisfaction. And for which I believe Ms. Buckingham deserves another crown.
So the next time you're in Austin Wednesday-Sunday, early enough to find pie still in the cart, try some Cutie Pies heaven for yourself. Your tongue will thank you.
UPDATE, October 2013: New location is corner of 24th & Nueces, Monday-Saturday 11am - 6pm, *closed on bad weather days*
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